If Barbie dolls sang country, they'd look like Shania Twain.
She's got everything this culture considers important. She's got the looks of a supermodel. She's got a knack for catchy songwriting. She's married to one of the most successful producers in the world and she's got power and money.Thousands filled the E Center Tuesday night to get a glimpse of the Canadian country singer.
After the Celtic jams of Lehay, Twain delivered the goods. But you really can't call her music "country." It's pop with a country caress. In fact, her stage show brought to mind a mid-'80s hard rock concert - Def Leppard to be precise.
In addition to the multilevel stage - complete with various treadmills - Twain had four large video screens suspended alongside the speakers so all those screaming fans could see her up close.
Twain hit the stage in tight black leather pants, a white mini tank top and a gold short-sleeved jacket. First song out was "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"
The band comprised of three violinists, two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, a percussionist and two keyboardists.
The mix was clean, layered and very smooth. It was so smooth that there were times when you'd swear Def Leppard was playing, too. Then again, it wouldn't be a surprise because Twain's husband Robert John "Mutt" Lange was its major producer.
But those quirks aside, Twain did a good job and got the audience involved.
All the women in the audience sang along to women-issue anthems, such as "Black Eyes, Blue Tears," "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)," "Honey, I'm Home" and "Any Man of Mine."
A lot of the men, when they weren't telling each other how pretty Twain was, cheered and screamed "I love you" throughout the performance.
Older songs included "You Win My Love" and "What Made You Say That," which was actually sung by an 8-year-old local boy named Shanon Alexander. As for other local artists, members from the West High Choir joined Twain in "God Bless the Child."
A handful of pyrotechnics added to the Def Leppard feel. While a slow-spinning platform displayed Twain like the aforementioned Barbie doll.
Then she went for the Cleopatra mood as some of her roadies toted Twain on a platform and walked through the au-di-ence.
But no one complained. They just reached for her and screamed. Not bad for her first world tour.